Regional District of North Okanagan approves use of Antwerp Deep Well as short-term water supply

Public meeting on the Antwerp Deep Well slated for Thursday, Aug. 2, 7-9 p.m., Lavington Fire Hall...

The Regional District of North Okanagan – Greater Vernon Water Utility advises Lavington-area customers that the Antwerp Deep Well may be used as a supplementary short-term water supply during increased demands on the Duteau Creek water source and also as an emergency backup supply.

The Deep Well is a source of safe drinking water and was not contaminated during the 2010 incident, which saw thousands of users on the Duteau Source have to get other water when a drinking well became contaminated.

Greater Vernon Water has worked closely with Interior Health and IH has approved the use of the Deep Well as a drinking water supply. The Deep Well obtains water from a secure confined aquifer that is protected from surface water contamination by 40 metres of watertight soils. When the Deep Well is in use, GVW will undertake continuous monitoring and daily well system checks to ensure water quality meets or exceeds IH standards.

Signs will be posted in those areas being serviced by the Deep Well when it is in use. In addition, a more detailed map of properties serviced by the Deep Well will be available on our website at under “News and Announcements” and at

Lavington area customers should note that although the Deep Well water contains manganese (a mineral found naturally in groundwater) it does not affect drinking water safety. The presence of manganese may however cause some staining on laundry and plumbing fixtures.

A presentation by GVW staff about the operation of the Deep Well will be given at a Public Meeting on:

Date: Thursday, August 2, 2012

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Place: Lavington Fire Hall, 9739 School Road, Lavington

If you have any questions, please contact GVW at 250.550.3700 or visit our website at


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